On Feb. 1, Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the University of California. However, the event was canceled after violent rioting, involving over 1,500 students, broke out.
Milo Yiannopoulos is a thirty-three year old gay, Catholic, right-wing conservative, self-made millionaire and drop-out of Cambridge University. Milo is a Senior editor at Breitbart with his own tour known as “Dangerous.” In Milo’s tour, he travels to different Universities discussing Feminism, Muslim rights, and wide variety of other issues. Milo refers to himself as a troll, in an ABC interview with Terry Moran.
President Donald J. Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by almost 2.9 million votes. Since the publicity of these voting discrepancies, Trump has claimed that a whopping three to five millions voters had voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. This new allegation, according to major news source CNN, is said to have no statistical backing and has the potential to “erode the President’s credibility.”
The Constitution includes the establishment of the Electoral College, a process for electing the next President and Vice-President of the United States. Considered a compromise between a vote in Congress and a popular vote of qualified citizens, the Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes grants America its next President and Vice-President. But we, as American citizens, do not vote directly for the President; rather, we vote for a group of electors who pledge to vote for our candidate. Our Founding Fathers thought that a direct vote would be “too chaotic and prone to error.” Yet, a major recurring problem with the process is that the candidate who wins the presidency does not necessarily win the popular vote, meaning they may not have majority of Americans voting in their favor, as in the cases of our 19th, 23rd, 43rd, and now our 45th president, Donald J. Trump.
According to many public news sources and officials, “Trump is [still] on a quest to prove his legitimacy.”
After a late night at the polls this past Tuesday, all results from the Electoral College point toward uncharted territory for the United States. There is no doubt that 2016 has been a historic election year. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton running against reality TV star Donald Trump seems like a political landslide, but somehow it has become the most intense presidential race in decades.
Donald Trump has always been an outspoken and loud person in different parts of the American past. He made his money by dominating the real estate industry and making good business deals. Although his father was rich, and he is said to be more successful. He owns many properties, businesses, his own place, and Trump Towers, and was once the owner of The New Jersey Generals,a former USFL team. People question him because although he has been very successful in business, he has no prior experience in politics.
The American public is more than tired of having false hope in candidates and future presidents who promise a bunch of change for the better just to receive more votes. People are struggling across the country in many ways such as gun violence, living on minimum wages, people who are laid off from once prosperous jobs (especially in the Rust Belt), people who are unemployed, and people struggling for equality in many ways and in many places. The promise of a new president doesn't mean that any of these things will change. Even if a president or future president really wants to make a change, there could be many obstacles that stand in their way like budget, resources, and resistance from the people or Congress/House of reps.
Last Monday, President Obama announced that he was lifting the ban on the sale of military weapons in Vietnam. The ban had been in effect since 1975. Some have said that this is the result of China increasing its power in the islands in the Gulf of Tonkin. Obama, however. denied this accusation during his press conference with Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang. He said that lifting the ban is actually to develop better relations and cooperation between the Unites States and Vietnam.
The possibility of Vietnam becoming a threat gain or just the fact of them acquiring weapons may be enough to create tension in that region of Asia. Specifically, China was mentioned as a threat because they are a known communist country, and they are allies with other communist countries like North Korea. This possible tension and distrust could essentially start another Cold War with a mass buildup of “secret” weapons. The hard truth is if these Cold war like tensions did arise, they would spread to much farther places than this region of Asia because of alliances similar to the previous cold war. Vietnam knows that China will be watching closely, but the Vietnamese claim that their only goal is make their presence known for defense purposes, not to directly start conflict.
On Tuesday, May 3, former Texas senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the presidential race. This is a huge deal for America because this move has established a clear path for Donald Trump to win the GOP nomination. Speaker Paul Ryan has made it clear that he will not interfere with who the GOP collectively nominates despite Trump being the anti-establishment candidate and the only candidate left in the race.
What does this mean for Hillary Clinton and the GOP as a whole? Since Clinton has a clear and almost certain lead on Bernie Sanders, it is fair to assume that Clinton and Trump will be the only ones competing over the summer. It is expected that Trump will face the media with constant bad news and facts about Clinton in order to make her look bad. However, it will be necessary that Trump establishes policies and a positive platform for himself. He will have a hard time getting elected if he does not form policies by fall. There is only so much Trump will be able to attack Clinton on; they both have changed their views in the past two decades. They have both failed at certain aspects of their jobs, and the media has shed a lot of light on the negative things they are each responsible for.
In an effort to shake up the race for the Republican nomination, on April 27, Ted Cruz formally announced Carly Fiorina as his running mate. This certainly changes the game, as it is a bit unusual to choose a running mate this early in the race.
The Trump team immediately deemed the move by Cruz as an act of desperation, but Cruz thinks otherwise. While he recognized it is out of the ordinary to choose a running mate this early, Cruz stated that “nobody is getting to 1,237 delegates,” the number needed to clinch the nomination, and voters should “know what [they] will get.” This move has seemed to be a response to Donald Trump’s claim that the race is effectively “over” for Cruz and Kasich.
In accepting Cruz’s offer, Fiorina stated, “I’ve had tough fights all my life. Tough fights don’t worry me a bit.” The pairing of Cruz and Fiorina certainly creates a very diverse ticket-creating the possibility of having the first Hispanic president and first female vice president.
After an insane session, with 367 votes, Brazil’s Congress has voted to impeach their president, Dilma Rousseff. 342 votes were needed in order for the impeachment to occur, and when vote 342 was casted, the chamber had a massive outburst of happiness. Once the Senate agrees to go with the impeachment process, Rousseff will be forced to step down for 180 days. The Workers party, which has ruled Brazil since 2002, will be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer.
Last week, leaked files about Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm, were anonymously sent to a German newspaper that shared them with the rest of the world. These have been named the Panama Papers and are the biggest leak in history, with eleven million files revealing confidential information from Mossack Fonseca about the economic practices of many world leaders and the wealthy. The law firm offers offshore firms and wealth management, but their services have been misused by many for things such as money laundering and tax evasion. The leak has led to uproar across the world about the morality of those in power, with huge names like Vladmir Putin and David Cameron appearing in their records.